I made my first trip of the season to Fox Cities Stadium on Tuesday, and the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers were impressive in their 10-4 win over the Quad Cities River Bandits.
Wisconsin’s offense was firing on all cylinders, scoring in six innings off the bats of six different Timber Rattlers. Every starter reached base at least once.
Michael Ratterree and Chris McFarland each drove in two runs for the Timber Rattlers. Ratterree hit a solo homer, which was cool to see because I also saw him homer at Miller Park in the Milwaukee Brewers’ final spring training game this year.
Timber Rattlers leadoff man Johnny Davis went 2-for-4 with three stolen bases and three runs scored.
As you can see in the above photo, the Timber Rattlers were wearing throwback jerseys that look like the ones worn by the team in 1995. They are scheduled to wear those uniforms eight times this year as part of their 20th season as the Timber Rattlers. (More on that later.)
Quad Cities had won its previous six games, but the team couldn’t get much going against Wisconsin’s pitchers. The River Bandits’ four runs came in the top of the 6th inning, but all of them were unearned.
Timber Rattlers SP Tyler Alexander earned the win to improve his record to 3-3 and lower his ERA to 4.18. He struck out seven batters in 5.2 IP.
RHP Taylor Williams pitched the last three innings of the game for his first save. He struck out five batters and gave up only three hits. He didn’t walk anyone.
Back to the Timber Rattlers’ season-long, 20th-season celebration…For the eight games when the team wears its throwback uniforms, the club is offering throwback pricing: $5 for a box seat, $4 for a reserved bleacher seat, and $3 for a lawn seat. The concession stands also offer a different food or beverage item available for the same price it was in 1995; it was $2 nachos Tuesday.
There are three throwback games left: Tuesday, June 10; Tuesday, July 29; and Tuesday, August 12.
Tuesday’s game also featured a bobblehead giveaway. On selected dates this season, the team is giving away bobbleheads of notable Timber Rattlers; Tuesday’s bobblehead was David Ortiz. (See a photo of it, along with Big Papi’s stats with the Timber Rattlers, in this previous post. Also, the Boston Red Sox slugger homered twice against the Minnesota Twins on Tuesday and Wednesday, which you can read about here.)
A couple other unrelated Timber Rattlers notes:
OF Omar Garcia made a fantastic diving catch Wednesday night. Video of the play was shown on ESPN. Take a look at it here.
MiLB.com’s Jake Seiner profiled C Clint Coulter in his latest “Stock Watch” column. It’s worth reading here.
* All photos by Craig Wieczorkiewicz/The Midwest League Traveler